|[February 28, 2013]
Shands HealthCare Integrating Epic EHR with QuadraMed Acuity-based Staffing System
RESTON, Va. --(Business Wire)--
QuadraMed Corporation is currently working with Shands HealthCare at the
University of Florida in Gainesville to complete the integration of
QuadraMed's AcuityPlus nurse resource management system with the Epic
EHR system installed at Shands. The proof of concept phase is complete,
and the project is expected to enter production in April.
"It is critical for us to have a reliable and powerful method to
identify nurse staffing levels that directly relate to our workload.
This will help us match our staffing with patient care needs to achieve
better outcomes for patients. The integration between our Epic EHR and
QuadraMed AcuityPlus will be pivotal to achieving our goals," said Irene
Alexatis, vice president of nursing and patient services at Shands. "As
part of this integration, patient acuity information will be generated
from nursing documentation of care. The patient data will flow from our
Epic EHR to the AcuityPlus system using our interface, enabling, among
other things, detailed transparent classification of patients.
Additionally, our nurses will no longer need to perform the
time-consuming task of patient classification."
When the project is completed, AcuityPlus will have been successfully
integrated by healthcare organizations using five different vendors'
electronic health record systems. "QuadraMed has long been recognized
for our ability to develop products that seamlessly integrate with other
vendors' systems," said Mike Myers, QuadraMed vice present for
enterprise product strategy. "AcuityPlus is a prime example. Upon
comletion of the project at Shands HealthCare, Epic will be added to
the list of vendors we integrate with, which includes Cerner (News - Alert), McKesson
(Paragon), Allscripts, and Meditech."
The importance of effective nurse staffing levels to properly manage
actual workload is proving critical for better care. Instead of basing
the need simply on the number of nurses as compared to the patient
population, factors such as the complexity of care required for each
patient must be taken into consideration. Therefore, more detailed data
must be provided to nurse executives and managers. AcuityPlus users can
look at daily data to determine the fluctuation in both outcomes and
staffing, thereby really seeing what causes variations in many
nurse-sensitive outcomes. This enables hospitals to staff to meet their
workload, which results in better outcomes.
For more information about QuadraMed, visit www.quadramed.com
or visit the QuadraMed
booth (#4141) at HIMSS13
March 3-7, 2013, in New Orleans.
QuadraMed will join Northeast Georgia Health System to present "Building
and Applying a Better Nurse Staffing to Outcomes Model" at HIMSS13 in
New Orleans. Join Nancy Barton, MSN, RN and Ken Colbert, QuadraMed
senior research analyst for Acuity Plus for Education Session 33,
scheduled for March 4 at 11:00 a.m. in room 291 of the Ernest N. Morial
About QuadraMed Corporation
QuadraMed® is a leading provider of award-winning healthcare
technologies and services that improve the safety, quality and
efficiency of patient care. Founded in 1993, QuadraMed provides proven,
flexible solutions that help make our clients successful by streamlining
processes, increasing productivity, improving patient outcomes and
driving positive patient outcomes. Behind the Company's products and
services is a staff of 475 professionals who support clients at over
1,200 healthcare facilities. For information about QuadraMed, visit www.quadramed.com.
QuadraMed and AcuityPlus are registered trademarks of QuadraMed
Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective
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